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RE: How can my mother get into our motorhome?

Thanks to all for the kind words and great suggestions. Yes my mother is a real trooper! I'll go through all the possibilities and hopefully find one that works for us.
Son of Norway 03/14/18 07:41pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
How can my mother get into our motorhome?

Hello; My mother has always liked going with us on camping trips. She is now 96 and she broke her hip last year. She can still walk around the house and go out to places, but her days of climbing steps or stairs are over. I think that she could maneuver around inside our motorhome and there are things for her to grab onto to steady herself. The main problem I see is how she can get into and out of the RV. There are three steps, and I do not think it is safe for her to climb up or go down them. Modifying the motorhome to add a lift isn't an option for us. Has anyone worked through this issue? Does anyone have any ideas? Thank you.
Son of Norway 03/13/18 08:16pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Generator compartment - how hot does it get?

Yes, a generator compartment can get very hot. On one very hot day with a power outage I was running the generator with an extension cord to keep the refrigerators in my S&B running. After several hours I smelled fire and smoke was coming out of the generator compartment. The backing on the insulation had caught fire. I would not put any electrical components in a generator compartment.
Son of Norway 03/12/18 01:36pm Toy Haulers
RE: Mounting Items

Try toggle bolts for mounting to the exterior walls.
Son of Norway 03/06/18 09:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Was just gifted a RV. Excited but worried. 80 dodge jamboree

Look at what I have, I wouldn't have any business raining on your parade. We started out with a 1972 Winnebago. Step 1: Make sure it will run. Step 2: Make sure it will stop. Then take it from there. Go on the forum to ask any specific questions. Welcome to the forum.
Son of Norway 01/19/18 10:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tilting Solar panels makes a big difference!

I think that solar power has some basic contradictions for RV's. The temptation is to mount them flat on top and then park in the sun. The results are best when you park in the shade and have your panels out and tilted towards the sun. But then you have to lug them around and worry about them during windy weather or when you leave your campsite.
Son of Norway 01/19/18 12:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Winter camping in the Porkies?

Yes, backpacking on snowshoes with my brother forty years ago. -15 and snow. Did a circle hike down to Lake Superior then back up to Lake of the Clouds. On the last night I caught a stomach flu with a bad fever. My brother, God bless him, paced circles around the fire for 24 hours while I laid in the tent wrapped up in all of our warm clothing and both of our sleeping bags. Best backpacking trip I ever went on. My brother might even say the same.
Son of Norway 12/29/17 10:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fresh Water Tank Drainage ?

You can use the water pump to empty some of it out of the hot water heater valve.
Son of Norway 10/30/17 03:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Question about using run/start capacitors

I have a clamp-on meter and even it is not able to accurately measure the start-up. In addition to that, a hard-start capacitor does not do the job all by itself. That generator still has to charge it when the AC is first turned on.
Son of Norway 10/30/17 03:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Yet Another Sad Day

It doesn't have to be that way. Even during the winter we can get 3-4 days of good weather at a time here in Denver. If schedules permit, it is easy to de-winterize and go camping. After we get back, re-winterizing only takes about a half-hour. We even go camping without the water system. We use blue jugs of water and plastic basins in the sinks. We pour anti-freeze into the holding tanks. It is possible to enjoy camping all year round, and in the off-season there is very little competition for campsites.
Son of Norway 10/28/17 03:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Onan generator

What is the year and model of your onan and what problems are you having with it?
Son of Norway 10/05/17 03:48pm Tech Issues
RE: How do you carry Kayaks on your 5er

Does you 5er have a receiver on the back? I don't have access to my pictures from where I am, but if you look back I did a post about my 4-kayak rack that goes on a hitch hauler. Easy to make if you are handy with 2x4's.
Son of Norway 09/29/17 12:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What Would You Do..

Now that's a real American !!!
Son of Norway 09/07/17 10:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric Bed Lifter

Yes, that's it.
Son of Norway 08/21/17 09:04pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Electric Bed Lifter

About 16" of travel. 32" long at full extension. 330lbs max
Son of Norway 08/18/17 01:00pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Maximum - 12 volt Deep Cycle Batteries Connected in Parallel

I have a set of 4 batteries in a compartment that I run in parallel. Each battery is connected to a positive and a negative bus, not to each other.
Son of Norway 08/17/17 10:49pm Tech Issues
Electric Bed Lifter

This is for those with RV's in which you have to lift a bed to get at the storage underneath. We have such a bed in our HR and my back is unable to lift it anymore. The gas shocks don't help a bit. After learning about linear actuators I bought two and installed them on either side of the bed. The ones I bought were about $70 apiece. They come with a controller and a remote. I reinforced the bed's frame with plywood on both sides bolted together. Relatively easy project aside from calculating the geometry but I have a son who is an engineer to do that for me. A video would be much better than the picture below, but I hope that the picture gives you an idea of the finished project. Note that I placed the actuators on the outside of the bed. Inside would be much better but the situation under our bed would not allow for it. http://i.imgur.com/bwrKqrUl.jpg
Son of Norway 08/17/17 04:13pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Replacing an air conditioner compressor

Thank you all very much for your replies. I now have several new things to look into and hopefully will have a better resolution to the problem.
Son of Norway 08/07/17 09:12pm Tech Issues
Replacing an air conditioner compressor

It looks like my rear air conditioner compressor is going out. Drawing way too much current at startup. My question is whether it is economical to replace the compressor or will I wind up buying a new air conditioner?
Son of Norway 08/06/17 06:33pm Tech Issues
RE: 1988 Winnebago Superchief 27'

Probably not a good idea to buy a 30-year old motor home if you can't DYI and have to pay for everything. It wil need constant attention to one thing or another. When I can't do something on the chassis myself, I have a great mechanic that has his own business and doesn't have expensive overhead. I would look for an independent mechanic if I were you. I have never found a good shop to work on coach issues, but if I needed one I would probably search for a mobile tech that had good reviews. Can one of your kids help? Knowing a good boneyard is a big help with things like doors and furniture. A new electric two-step isn't too expensive, around $200. Good luck with your motor home. I think that motor homes of that era were made very well.
Son of Norway 07/27/17 01:35pm Class A Motorhomes
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